Highlights of a Journey on the Bernina
The Alpine passage that the Bernina Express makes from
Switzerland to Italy has been acclaimed as Switzerland's most
scenic journey, and passengers have much to admire from the train's
The first part of the route from Chur passes through the area of
Switzerland most populated with castles. As the train ascends into
the glacier-dominated region of Bernina itself, the scenery becomes
increasingly breath-taking. However, the views are at their most
magnificent at the mountain-ringed Lake Bianco, whose placid waters
mirror the sky above.
Of the 55 tunnels and 196 bridges that help the train negotiate
the trickier natural elements of the route, Solis Viaduct and
famous Landwasser Viaduct are particularly spectacular.
Two Classes of Travel
Bernina Express trains typically comprise two or three
First and Second class carriages separated by a bar and services
carriage at the train's centre.
The carriages in both classes are spacious and offer air
conditioning, panoramic windows, comfortable seating and an at-seat
trolley service providing light refreshments.
Second Class carriages are designed to carry more passengers and
are configured with two rows of tables, one each side of the
carriage, each of which provides seating for four people.
First Class carriages comprise one row of four-seater tables and
one row of double seats. Carrying fewer passengers than Second
Class carriages means that First Class passengers enjoy more space
and greater legroom and larger, leather-upholstered seats.
Fewer seats in First Class also mean that the views from the
carriages' larger panoramic windows are less obstructed.
More about the Bernina Express
The section of the Bernina Express's route that passes
through the Albula and Bernina regions between the Swiss Town of
Thusis and the Italian town of Tirano became a UNESCO World
Heritage Site status in 2008.
This prestigious status recognises the supreme feats of
engineering that were achieved by railway builders in the early
twentieth century in overcoming natural obstacles to connect remote
Alpine settlements whilst simultaneously minimising the impact upon
the stunning landscape.
Passengers can learn more about the route, its history and its
highlights courtesy of an on-board commentary during the
From the train's terminus in Tirano, the connecting Bernina
Express allows passengers to continue their journey by road
along a route that follows the shores of Lake Como and Lake Lugano
to the city of Lugano itself on the Swiss/Italian border.